Court Innovations

Expanding online and mobile access to our courts for all citizens: "go to court" without going to court.

$498,795 of $499,195 raised
This round closed on March 13, 2017
$99 Minimum Investment
The minimum investment is
$99
Court Innovations is selling up to
$499,195 of Common Stock
Pre-money valuation
$2,728,000
This round closes
Mon, Mar 13 2017, 4:00pm
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Introducing Matterhorn by Court Innovations

Matterhorn, the first product developed by Court Innovations, is a web-based platform that allows you to resolve court cases online. Combining University of Michigan Law School expertise with mobile and online technologies, Court Innovations is decreasing courts' expenses, increasing their case throughput, and enabling more citizens to get the justice they deserve.

At Court Innovations we asked ourselves:

  • Why do we have to wait in long lines to resolve straight forward cases such as many traffic tickets, small claims cases?
  • Why are our court systems jammed up, dealing with millions of outstanding warrants in every state across our nation?
  • Why can’t we utilize mobile technologies make the judicial system more efficient and effective?
  • How can people get fair access to justice if they cannot get to court?

Courts and the justice ecosystem are simply not designed to handle millions of minor cases per year, so we realized that in order to improve the system, we needed to innovate and create something new. University of Michigan’s Law Professor J.J. Prescott along with the rest of the Court Innovations team were driven to implement a meaningful, usable, and fair solution that would help not only the millions of citizens who are constantly forced to take off work just to be heard in court, but also to provide solutions to the court who are constantly drowning in caseload.

Success so far

In just over a year since launch, Matterhorn has shown significant success

  • Participation: already more than 10,000 citizen cases resolved with 20 courts on board
  • Time and cost savings of courts: Routine cases that used to consume more than 2½ hours of combined staff time (clerk, law enforcement, judge) are now completed in an average of 27 minutes.
  • Case closure times: Courts have benchmarks to close cases within certain timeframes to avoid having massive backlogs of open cases, to bring in outstanding fines and receivables in a timely manner, and to better serve the public. With Matterhorn, cases close in an average 14 days, compared to 50 days pre-Matterhorn.
  • Time to payment: 92% of cases collected upon within 30 days (compared to 51% without Matterhorn)
  • Default rates: less than 2% cases default (compared to rates ranging from 13 – 37% without Matterhorn)
  • Feedback: 92% of citizens indicated they fully understood the status of their case through the Matterhorn process

Check out our outcomes white paper and case studies for more details from Matterhorn-enabled courts:

Market

We are operating in an expanding market with a national focus on access to justice. Key national stakeholders are already behind this initiative, including the U.S. Department of Justice, Chief Justices from all states' Supreme Courts, and the National Task Force coordinated by the National Center for State Courts.

We have proven our product through a rigorous analysis of first-year results using data provided through the Michigan State Court's Administrative Office. We continue to see strong results in solutions in court systems in Michigan and Ohio, as we move forward nationally. We are contracting with more courts, expanding our solutions to handle more types of cases, and reaching more citizens to resolve their cases. These are all key to our market expansion.

The market for Matterhorn solutions is all 15,017 state courts throughout the nation, and their equivalents around the world. In addition to resolving infractions and misdemeanors in the high volume, limited jurisdiction state courts, Matterhorn solutions are used in courts that handle civil and family court cases (including: District, Circuit, Municipal, Justice of the Peace, Specialty Courts).

30th District Court Judge Brigette Officer-Hill talks about her experiences with Matterhorn.

Our Team

Court Innovations’ Team brings a powerful combination of successful experience that includes: startup, innovation, software technology, product management and customer service.

MJ Cartwright
CEO

MJ is a hands-on executive who has worked in many different industries leading startup initiatives with disruptive technologies. As VP of Product Management and Business Development for HealthMedia, MJ was a key member of the executive team that grew, sold, and transitioned the business to Johnson & Johnson. Other businesses lead by MJ include: CNC Connections, Arbor Ultrasound, Edington Associates, and ViaDerm. She has a BSEE from the University of Michigan and an MBA from Eastern Michigan University.

J.J. Prescott
Co-Founder

J.J. Prescott is a professor of law at the University of Michigan. He is a co-director of the Empirical Legal Studies Center and the Program in Law and Economics. J.J.’s research interests are in criminal law, sentencing law and reform, employment law, and the dynamics of civil litigation, particularly settlement. Much of his work is empirical in focus. He is the principal investigator of the U-M Online Court Project, which uses technology to help people facing warrants, fines, and minor charges resolve their disputes with the government and courts online and without the need to hire an attorney. J.J. earned his JD, magna cum laude, in 2002 from Harvard Law School and earned a PhD in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2006.

Saaed Fattahi
CTO

Saaed is an experienced, hands-on software architect and engineering executive and a founding member of several venture-backed startups. One of Saaed's startups was Jigsaw Data Corp., a crowd-sourced data service that was acquired by Salesforce.com. He has a BSEE and MS in Computer Engineering from the University of Michigan.

Tracy Davis
Product Director

Tracy leads our product initiatives and brings strong product, content and research experience from HealthMedia (acquired by Johnson and Johnson) and Ideomed (now part of Spectrum Health). Previously she was an investigative journalist and is a University of Michigan Knight-Wallace Fellow. She has a BA in English Literature from Guilford College.

Mike Losey
Customer Operations Director

Mike managed and helped build the Customer Services Team for the successful startup Rovi – the lead in acquiring the All Media Guide and TV Guide. He has a BS from Grand Valley State University.

Business Model

Matterhorn solutions run on a cloud-based platform that is accessed through any device from mobile phones, tablets, or computers. In the courts and jurisdictions, we are involved with at this time, citizens do not pay an additional charge to resolve their case with Matterhorn. Courts and government agencies purchase Matterhorn software-as-a-service solutions two different ways:

  • Tier-based subscription model
  • Transaction-based model with minimums based on average participation outcome results.

Initial implementations in Courts require a reasonable setup fee that leverages Matterhorn’s configuration tools to get solutions up-and-running quickly.

Because of the impactful outcomes for our courts, additional solutions are added to most courts – usually within the first 6 months. This allows us to increase revenue per court, keep customer retention high, and reduce the cost per sale over time.

Be a part of Court Innovations

We have piloted the concepts, built the technology, established an initial customer base across courts in Michigan and Ohio, and evaluated the impact of online case resolution. Now we are expanding to reach courts and communities throughout the nation. With funds from this offering, we will:

  • Expand our sales and marketing initiatives to reach new customers.
  • Grow our customer services team to make sure our customers continue to be impressed
  • Bring new solutions to courts accross the United States.

This is an offering of Common Stock in Court Innovations Incorporated, which must raise at least $50,000 by March 13, 2017 at 4:00pm ET. If the offering doesn't reach its target, then your money will be refunded. The offering can issue additional securities to raise up to $499,195, its maximum.

$499,195 maximum
$498,795 raised
$50,000 target

If the offering is successful at raising the maximum amount, then the company's implied valuation after the offering (sometimes called its post-money valuation) will be:

5,205,153 shares × $0.62 per share = $3,227,195 implied valuation

Learn more about Court Innovations at getmatterhorn.com.

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